Thursday, 30 September 2010

Very Delhi: My Trip to India

As I queued at the BA check-in for my flight to Delhi, I was handed my boarding pass. To my astonishment, I suddenly realised I had been upgraded to first class! I can only imagine that my set of Globetrotter luggage had swayed it or perhaps it was my immaculately cut Hackett men's blazer? Either way, I was thrilled to say the least.

As someone who is not partial to long haul flights, I was now actually looking forward to my ten hour trip, safe in the knowledge that I would be pampered all the way - and I wasn't disappointed.

I was heading to Delhi for the opening of the first Hackett shop in India in The Collective, a recently opened shopping mall that contains luxury brands from all over world, so we would be in good company.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Charley and Browney: Brand Ambassadogs

You may have noticed that over the years my two Sussex Spaniels, Charley and Browney, have featured in many of the Hackett brochures, often upstaging the models.

I rescued Charley from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home some thirteen years ago and she has been a constant companion ever since. With her modelling career now over, Browney has taken to her ambassadorial role with gusto. They both appear in my book Mr Classic and have posed for many magazines, with only a Vogue cover eluding them. They are more famous than I am, damn it!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Chalked Up: Men's Designer Flannel Suits

Sauntering along Savile Row early one morning, I paused and gazed in the window of Henry Poole, the oldest tailor on the Row, where a large portrait of Winston Churchill clad in a chalk stripe flannel suit was displayed. It occurred to me that it was high time we re-introduced this fine material - what I like to call 'proper cloth' - to the world of designer menswear at large.

Knowing that the flannel was manufactured by Fox Bros, I made an appointment to visit them and duly headed off to their ancient mill in Somerset. Faced with an alarming array of patterns from their extensive archives of over four hundred hessian bound books dating back to the 1770s, I quickly narrowed it down to a volume of classic navy chalk stripes.

I still had a bewildering choice to make, with there being a dozen or more blues and all in different stripe settings. I then remembered the days when I worked in Savile Row and I would often see Tommy Nutter, the avant-garde tailor whose suits were made by mixing up cloths and patterns to create a truly individual ensemble.

So, taking my cue from Tommy, and not being able to make my mind up about which stripe to select, I decided I would use three stripe settings made in the same weight and same colour navy and then incorporate them all into one suit.